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Beyond Positivism - Bruce Caldwell

Paperback Published: 19th April 1984
ISBN: 9780415109116
Number Of Pages: 304

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Since its publication in 1982, Beyond Positivism has become established as one of the definitive statements on economic methodology. The book's rejection of positivism and its advocacy of pluralism were to have a profound influence in the flowering of work methodology that has taken place in economics in the decade since its publication. This edition contains a new preface outlining the major developments in the area since the book's first appearance.

The book provides the first comprehensive treatment of twentieth century philosophy of science which emphasizes the issues relevant to economics. It proceeds to demonstrate this relevance by reviewing some of the key debates in the area. Having concluded that positivism has to be rejected, the author examines possible alternative bases for economic methodology. Arguing that there is no best method, he advocates methodological pluralism.

Preface to Revised Editionp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Twentieth Century Philosophy of Sciencep. 9
Logical Positivismp. 11
The Positivist Tradition Matures-the Emergence of Logical Empiricismp. 19
The Philosophical Attack on Logical Empiricismp. 36
Contemporary Philosophy of Science-the Growth of Knowledge Traditionp. 68
Some Essays on Positivism and Economic Methodologyp. 97
Robbins Versus Hutchison-the Introduction of Positivism in Economic Methodologyp. 99
Hutchison Versus Machlup-on Indirect Testing and the Rationality Postulatep. 139
Friedman's Methodological Instrumentalismp. 173
Samuelson-operationalism, Descriptivism, and Explanation in Economicsp. 189
Provisional Answers to Some Unsettled Questionsp. 209
Is Philosophy of Science Useful for Understanding Methodology?p. 211
Prescription, Description, and Theory Appraisalp. 220
Confirmationism and Falsificationism in Economicsp. 231
A Program for Economic Methodologists-methodological Pluralismp. 244
Notes for Further Reading-methodology of Economicsp. 256
Bibliography-philosophy of Sciencep. 258
Bibliography-methodology of Economicsp. 265
Indexp. 275
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ISBN: 9780415109116
ISBN-10: 0415109116
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 19th April 1984
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1

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